Lagos ‘ll Fight Cancer Aggressively-Lagos First Lady
…As Lagosians ‘Scored’ Against It
Wife of Lagos State Governor, Dr (Mrs) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu said the state will spare no effort to wage war against cancer because it is a killer and terminator of precious lives.
She said this at the recent Advocacy Against Cancer event organised by Atinuke Cancer Foundation held in Lagos.
Dr Sanwo-Olu, who was representated byFounder, Charitable network for community empowerment (CHANCE) and the chairperson of Eredo LCDA, Mrs Olajimoke Saliu emphasized that cancer was responsible for 72,000 deaths every year, with an estimated 102,000 new cases of cancer annually in Nigeria.
“According to the National Cancer Control Plan (NCCP) from 2018 to 2022 prepared by the Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with other key stakeholders, cancer burden is significant and growing in Sub-Saharan Africa.”Based on global cancer estimate of 2012, there were new 626,400 cases of cancer and 447,700 deaths from cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa. Based on population aging alone, cancer incidence in Sub-Saharan Africa is projected to increase by 85 percent in the next 15 years”.
The first Lady also applauded the initiator of the program, Atinuke Lawal , saying, “For championing a genuine affectionate feeling for the suffering of thousands of Nigerians suffering the disease, and playing up advocacy on how to combat the disease is laudable.
“Thankfully also, the Lagos State Government is already leading series of initiatives designed to tackle cancer, and let me assure that the present administration of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu will spare no effort to wage war against cancer in our dear State, and by extension, Nigeria”.
Speaking earlier, the Atinuke Foundation Lead strategist and Founder, Atinuke Lawal noted that she was almost discouraged by the Covid- 19 but had to brave it afterwards.
“My response took off from the journey of my diagnosis, which was during the time when there was ebola in Nigeria and everyone was scared to go to the hospital. That was in 2014. And just a day to this programme too, the announcement of Coronavirus discovered in Nigeria almost ruined the plans for this great event because two of the medical partners pulled out and advised by them to either postpone or terminate the event. But we decided to brave it and not put a scare into the minds of Lagosians. The remaining five medical partners were ready to go ahead with us because it was a good opportunity and avenue to educate people more on precautions to be taken against the coronavirus. As a health foundation, our backing off at the last minute would have caused a big stir of scare to the populace if we chickened out of the health program we were planning.
“I also thanked and applauded everyone that braved it down to the event not allowing themselves to get discouraged by the news of covid 19. I prayed that Coronavirus will fizzle out just as ebola did in 2014. I will also encourage every Nigerian to support the advocacy against cancer, together, we can create a cancer free future, Let’s Kill It”.
The event was laced with various activities including aerobics, screening and novelty football match .